We are planning a driving holiday in July down the California coast and thought we would spend a week in the Monteray area. I have been looking at rentals on VRBO and it is all very confusing. We would like to be within walking distance of the town, with quick access to shops and restaurants, and being near to the beach would be a plus. We prefer bright and modern (or updated) to old and rustic. Any suggestions for which area would best suit our needs?